blind·​side | \ ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd How to pronounce blindside (audio) \
blindsided; blindsiding; blindsides

Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit unexpectedly from or as if from the blind side blindside the quarterback
2 : to surprise unpleasantly

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Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the side away from which one is looking
2 : the side on which one that is blind in one eye cannot see

Examples of blindside in a Sentence

Verb The quarterback was blindsided just as he was about to throw a pass. We were all blindsided by the news of her sudden death. Noun He was hit on his blind side.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, Eddy Montgomery found out through media reports and rushed to inform families before they were blindsided by the news. Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Defeated Republican governor pardoned violent criminals in a spree lawyers are calling an ‘atrocity’," 13 Dec. 2019 But Jamal’s voice in the game was silenced after he was blindsided on last week’s episode. Dalton Ross,, "Jamal Shipman reveals what we didn't see on Survivor: Island of the Idols," 20 Nov. 2019 Some parents of the affected students said in interviews with the Union-Tribune that they were blindsided by the indictment and its consequences for their children. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parents, teachers, students of defrauded schools grapple with uncertainty," 5 June 2019 Rice insists that he, Fuller and Weber were all blindsided. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Country singer Chase Rice explains how he got pulled into that cruel twist on ‘The Bachelor’," 28 Jan. 2020 Breakup Aftermath Santana reportedly maintains that she was blindsided by Metcalfe’s behavior, which prompted their split. Diane J. Cho,, "A Complete Timeline of Jesse Metcalfe & Cara Santana's Relationship," 23 Jan. 2020 But sources close to the Sussexes reject the idea that the news blindsided the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Do (and Don’t) Know About Meghan and Harry's New Roles in the Royal Family," 17 Jan. 2020 The new rules are designed to prevent the agency from being blindsided by media reports of current grantees who are found guilty of harassment. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "NSF tallies 16 cases of alleged harassment by grantees in first year of new rules," 28 Oct. 2019 The president was not aware that China’s retaliation was coming and was angry about being blindsided, according to people familiar with the matter. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump Says He Will Raise Existing Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 30%," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Jets could re-sign (Kelvin) Beachum and draft Jones to play on the right side for a year before moving him over to the blind side. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH tackle Josh Jones generating plenty of buzz at Senior Bowl," 25 Jan. 2020 Staley, their 13th-year left tackle, had to be carted off from the Bengals sideline with a lower-leg injury, and that left rookie Justin Skule the massive responsibility of protecting Garoppolo’s blind side. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 41, Bengals 17: Studs and duds — Garoppolo, offense rule but Staley injured," 15 Sep. 2019 If the 6-6, 323-pound former St. Frances star can protect Jackson’s blind side from the left tackle spot, the offense has a chance to be dynamic. Don Markus,, "Maryland’s 11 most important players heading into the 2019 football season," 23 Aug. 2019 Now he's being asked to watch Tom Brady's blind side. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 Second-year left tackle Kolton Miller hopes to do a better job blocking Carr’s blind side after a miserable rookie season. Max Meyer,, "AFC Teams That Are the Best Bets to Go Under Their Win Total," 9 Aug. 2019 Neal was excellent at left guard for Alabama and has the potential to develop into a starter on the blind side. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Sam Howell, Derek Stingley lead USA TODAY Sports freshman All-America team," 13 Dec. 2019 Marshall Newhouse has struggled protecting Brady’s blind side, and the quarterback was feeling pressure on many of his dropbacks against the Eagles Sunday., "The 22-year-old has the potential to upgrade an offensive line that has been struggling.," 20 Nov. 2019 Sexton got his second try of the game right on the halftime buzzer, fed quickly by Murray on the blind side from a close-range scrum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland reach RWC quarterfinals with 45-7 win over Samoa," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blindside


1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blindside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone who is facing in another direction) suddenly and very hard
: to surprise or shock (someone) in a very unpleasant way

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English Language Learners Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

: the side that is not the side you are facing

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Medical Definition of blind side

: the side on which one who is blind in one eye cannot see

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